Wuerffel takes three steps forward, two back

By Adam Silverstein
July 20, 2011

Weeks ago, Florida Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel was diagnosed with and hospitalized for Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder in which, as the Mayo Clinc puts it, “your body’s immune system attacks your nerves.” Though he is not forced to stay in the hospital overnight, Wuerffel has been undergoing extensive treatment for the disease in an effort to recover from it as quickly as possible.

He continues to receive outpatient treatment and is on the road to recovery. Wednesday morning, Wuerffel released the following (truncated) message to friends and fans through Desire Street Ministries, of which he is the executive director.

Dear Friends,

Yesterday was a great day. I went for a short walk in the morning, did my rehab in the afternoon (which is going really well) and even went out for dinner with Jessica (one of my first outings). I was encouraged with my progress and even felt like a normal person.

That was yesterday.

Today has been a really tough day. I’ve been extremely tired, my body has been achy and I’ve got a steady headache. I didn’t even feel like reading or listening to music for most of the day. Recovering from Guillain Barre is like life—three steps forward and two steps back.

Please know, though, that despite all the steps forwards and backwards, I’m very encouraged.

Thanks for your love and prayers.

God bless you,


Wuerffel has requested that any gifts, donations or letters of support be made to DSM rather than him personally. Should you wish to send any of the aforementioned, please direct them to adam@, and I will forward them to the appropriate contact.

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